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March 18, 2013

NCAA BASKETBALL (MARCH MADNESS): 'That's 1 MILLION times bigger than 9 TRILLION!'

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STAT OF THE DAY

Hard to predict exactly what the season-long game of musical chairs at the top of the rankings presages for this year's tourney. Does it mean there's lots of very good teams, but no great ones?

STATS cautions against a rush to judgment. The four top seeds this time around— Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga — have 18 losses between them. Only twice since the since the advent of seeding in 1979 has the top quartet piled up more: in 1990, when UConn, Michigan State, UNLV and Oklahoma combined for 19 losses; and in 2000, when Michigan State, Arizona, Duke and Stanford had 20.

But guess who took home those titles in both seasons a decade apart. Yep, No. 1 seeds UNLV and Michigan State, respectively.

It never hurts to be the king.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"They didn't even tell me there was going to be a whole bunch of people here. They just told me there was going to be food. So I said, 'Sweet, food," Pittsburgh freshman center Steve Adams, who grew up in New Zealand and had no idea why his teammates and a few hundred Panthers fans were gathering to watch the tournament selection show.

 

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